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Authors

We are various people working in social innovation and entrepreneurship who share their insights, experiences, and knowledge through this platform. We do that because we know from our own experience how tough it can be to start something.

With our content, we aim at

  • – inspiring and supporting aspiring changemakers
  • – promoting the great work social entrepreneurs around the world are doing for society.
  • – promoting social entrepreneurship and social business as an alternative way of doing business.

Interested to contribute yourself? Find out more here!

Melanie Akerboom

Melanie Akerboom

Author

Melanie is the founder of What A Mission, which she started in 2014, two years after completing her masters in Social Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths College in London. Since then she has worked in various roles within the sector such as coach and mentor, consultant, workshop facilitator and community- and incubator manager. She currently works part-time for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and self-employed as a lecturer and workshop facilitator for universities and non-profit organisations in and outside Germany. At What A Mission, she focusses her writing on social entrepreneurs from Germany and African countries. From time to time, she also shares personal experiences and insights from the field.

Sebastian Winter

Sebastian Winter

Author

Sebastian facilitates the development of innovations that overcome global systemic challenges. He works as an analyst, consultant, entrepreneur and mentor to cultivate new and existing solutions to old and emerging issues. He has a background in environmental regeneration, smart infrastructure development and sustainable finance gained through projects in Brunei, China, Kenya and the UK.

Vanessa Faloye

Vanessa Faloye

Author

Vanessa Faloye, British-Nigerian, is a trainer-facilitator, curriculum developer, and project coordinator in social impact education. She designs and delivers learning experiences for change-makers around the world and educates at an intersection of anti-oppression, systems thinking, and social action. Vanessa is passionate about keeping social enterprise 'social' and systemic. As Online Editor at Whatamission, she provides critical thought pieces on paradigms and pedagogies in social impact education. Vanessa holds a post-graduate in Social Enterprise and Innovation from The Do School, Germany. She loves traveling, reading, and speaking Spanish.

Mandeep Kaur

Mandeep Kaur

Guest Author

Mandeep Kaur designs and delivers global learning experiences for aspiring change-makers around the world. With more than a decade of experience working with impact investors, social impact organisations and non-profits, she founded TribesforGOOD with mission to inspire a generation who wants to support and work with social impact businesses. By 2021, we aim to reach 1 million beneficiaries. She loves reading, travelling and playing with her cats.

Bärbel Reckhardt

Bärbel Reckhardt

Guest Author

Dr. Bärbel Reckhardt is a German paediatrician, organizational consultant, and CEO and Co-Founder of i-MED vision. After finishing medical school at the Private Universität Witten Herdecke, she worked for approximately 25 years as a paediatrician in several hospitals and in her own private practice. Additionally, she has been committed to development assistance in southern Africa for more than 20 years. She founded i-MED vision to pursue a dream of improving medical care and increasing development opportunities for the children in low-income countries through targeted health education and training. Through her experiences in South Africa, she became aware of the need for digital solutions to make healthcare knowledge more accessible and easier to update and retain.